It is critical in life to maintain margin. I have been a poor ambassador for this concept most of my life. I have filled every page to the maximum space and word count. I have loaded every minute and every day with whatever I personally deemed most worthy. And in the process I have lost focus, I have lost direction, and I have lost opportunity. But God has been working on me.
As my life has taken a detour, a re-tour, a new tour, I have come to accept that my illness requires my margins to be much wider than they used to be. I need more white space to function, to do only the essential things that the old me could juggle effortlessly.
Perhaps more importantly, I am on the verge of something new. Sometimes when something new arrives, it is necessary to say no to good things in order to say yes to something better. My wider margins require it. In order to take on some exciting new writing commitments, I will be posting just once per week going forward. This has been a very difficult decision for me because I get so many amazing comments, emails, and responses. I know you are listening to me, as I am listening to you. I want to continue the conversation, to continue writing our story together, only now at a slower pace.
Author Richard Swenson says, “Marginless is being asked to carry a load five pounds heavier than you can lift; margin is a friend to carry half the burden.” As readers, you have been a great burden lifter to me. Your encouragement has kept me going many days when it seemed easier to give up. I hope that by limiting the posts to once per week, I can continue to produce quality content that speaks to you and helps bind you up on your difficult journey through this unpredictable life. Just as you have done for me. Thank you for encouraging me to stretch into the unknown but exciting territory ahead. I will keep you posted on my new ventures. Let’s continue together!